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Kāpiti’s representative on the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Nigel Wilson, has come under unprecedented criticism from the District Council he is supposed to be co-operating with.
The Kāpiti Coast District Council has accused Mr Wilson of publicly backing local government amalgamation, based on his personal views rather than wider public opinion.
The matter arose during a special council meeting called to consider an invitation from Greater Wellington chair, Fran Wilde, for Kapiti to join an independent panel to look at changes to regional governance.
Councillors unanimously voted against joining the panel and also formally recorded their disappointment with Councillor Wilson’s “pre-determined view” on amalgamation, allegedly displayed without consultation with Kapiti elected representatives.
The motion was moved by Councillor Tony Lester, who said he was surprised Mr Wilson wasn’t at the meeting, given that it was discussing a Regional Council initiative.
Wilson’s ‘mandate’ questioned
Cr Lester said: “It’s a pity because I had some questions for him. I am extremely concerned about the comments he’s making publicly and I question where he is getting his mandate from to make the sort of decisions and comments he’s making.”
Councillor Mike Cardiff also questioned Mr Wilson’s conduct. “I don’t believe he represents the broader views of the district,” he said. ” All we’ve heard from Nigel is his own personal views. That’s not good enough.”
Councillor Wilson visibly angered the Mayor and councillors at a recent council meeting when he expressed his pro-amalgamation views during an update on regional council affairs.